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Here’s how to transfer texts from iPhone to Android messages

iPhone to Android messages

Planning on switching from iPhone to Android? No need to jump the gun and purchase expensive recovery software like TransPhone or iPhone Data Recovery. Manually transferring all of your text messages to your new Android device is completely free and easier than you’d expect.

Transferring texts from iPhone to Android messages does involve a few steps, but it’s nothing complicated. If you have the know-how to navigate through your computer’s file system (such as Finder or Windows Explorer), you should be good to go.

Note: You do not have to own both devices at the same time. Just complete step 1 and (most of) 2 while you still have your iPhone, and the last part of step 2, along with steps 3 and 4 once you’ve picked up your Android device.

Backup your iPhone and locate the backup file.

iPhone to Android messages

Connect your iPhone to your computer. Choose File > Devices > Back Up. Depending on your version of iTunes, you may have to right-click the device from the list and select Backup Now. You can also automatically backup your iPhone by syncing the device with iTunes.

Find the text messaging backup file on your computer.

You’re going to have to do a little digging to find the correct backup file.

If you’re running a Mac, the file will be inside /(user)/Library/Application Support/Mobile Sync/Backup. Hint: if you can’t find the Library folder, option-click on the Go menu.

iPhone to Android messages

If you’re running Windows, the file will be inside /users/(username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/Mobile Sync.Select the folder with the most recent timestamp. The file you’re looking for will be called 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. The quickest way to find this file is by copy/pasting the file name into your file system search bar.

Once you’ve located the text messaging file, move this file to your new Android device (either on the internal storage or SD card, doesn’t matter).

Download iSMS2droid from Google Play

iPhone to Android messages

Install iSMS2droid on your Android phone, open the app and choose “Select iPhone SMS Database.” Find the text messaging backup file you transferred over to your Android device.

Make sure you click “All Text Messages” on the next screen to ensure all your texts are converted and saved as an XML file.

Download SMS Backup & Restore from Google Play

iPhone to Android messages

Install SMS Backup & Restore on your Android phone. Open the app and choose “Restore.” Locate the XML file created by iSMS2droid.

Choose “Restore All Messages,” and once the process completes you should have all your iPhone text messages on your Android smartphone!

Did you find this tutorial useful? You might find these tips on cleaning up your iCloud storage and backing up your iPhone texts useful as well. Need any extra help? Let us know in the comments!

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